Iran: If Trump wants to talk, he'll have to call

Arturo Kim
July 19, 2018

Talking to reporters in Vienna on July 6 following a meeting with the European Union foreign policy chief and his counterparts from Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation for the first time since the USA withdrawal, the Iranian foreign minister said that all the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear agreement had political will to stand up to the US move.

Trump withdrew from the multi-national 2015 Iran nuclear deal against the advice of allies in Europe and elsewhere.

Iranian oil exports - they are the world's sixth largest - have been of particular importance to global market stability.

Four days of hearings into an earlier complaint lodged by Iran in October 2016 against the USA for freezing around $2 billion of its assets overseas are due to start on October 8 when the United States will argue the court has no authority to hear the case.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Monday that Iran had filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice in the Hague against unilateral US sanctions.

National security adviser John Bolton, meeting last month with European officials to talk about the USA campaign against Iran told them there would no exemptions from sanctions for European companies or entities that do business with Iran under United Nations sanctions, European officials said.

"It is not good for us or for the world, but they have riots in all their cities", Trump told Fox News."The inflation is rampant, going through the roof".

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India side informed Iranian authorities that it has not taken any final decision on "complying" with the USA sanctions and would like to continue engagement with the Americans.

"What they've asked us to do is review how we get there and the timeline for that", he said, "and so I'm very confident they understand".

In related development, amid persistent pressure from the United States to halt its oil imports from Iran, India and Iran on Monday exchanged views here on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, and tried to assess the possible impact on oil trade after the USA sanctions.

Qassemi made the comment on Tuesday evening while elaborating on the news announced by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif regarding the lawsuit that Iran has lodged against the US.

Iran's economy is already suffering from the sanctions that Washington re-imposed after walking away from the nuclear agreement, and the USA has threatened to punish companies from other nations that continue doing business with Iran. "It's imperative to counter its habit of violating int'l law". The complaint came in response to Washington's decision in May to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran.

The likely return of U.S. economic sanctions has triggered a rapid fall of Iran's currency and protests by bazaar traders usually loyal to the Islamist rulers.

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